The Bible is a book unlike any other. Written over thousands of years and by over forty authors; it contains writings of poetry, narratives, history, predictive future, and much more.
So how does one approach reading the Bible? And more importantly, what’s the best way for it to make sense and apply to the life of the reader? Here are some ways that happens:
Revelation: Is the act of making known….. biblical revelation goes beyond just intellectually “knowing” something and is considered to be more of a knowing with personal conviction as it relates to matters of faith.
Inspiration: is the act of moving the intellect or emotions….. biblical inspiration essentially involves taking what has been divine revealed to us from the Word of God and inspires change in our hearts and lives as a result.
Illumination: refers to a spiritual or intellectual understanding. It has to do with how the truth is understood once it has been revealed.
Here’s a mind bender for you - we can look to scripture, to figure out how we can effectively look to scripture.
Read 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
You might’ve noticed a theme… depending on which translation you use, “the Spirit” is mentioned over a dozen times. The Bible is God’s Holy Word, His divine truth recorded for us; but His Spirit is what helps reveal, inspire, and illuminate that truth to us.
Thank God for His Word and His Spirit.